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Old 12-15-2007, 07:50 AM
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Paint "handling"

Any of you pro or semi-pro painters have some tips on reducing the mess when handling and mixing paint? Assuming you have gallon cans of paint, do you pour out the paint in mixing vessels, do you "dip" it out, or do you have some other means of moving the paint from the can to the mix.

I've always ended up with a huge mess doing this, with paint all down the sides of the can and running all over the work bench etc. Lots of waste...lots of mess. This is a real "basic of basics" that I haven't seen covered in the knowledge base or prior threads.

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Old 12-15-2007, 08:06 AM
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For gallon cans of paint, you can find cheap plastic pour lips that fit onto the grooves on top of the can. They do a great job of keeping the paint out of the grooves and make it easier to keep the paint from going where you don't want it to go when pouring. I have also seen some that fit quart cans. You'll still need to clean them off to contol drips and cross-contamination, but they are also dirt cheap (about $1.00) and disposable.

I know I've found them at Sherwin-Williams stores, but they should be found at lots of other places as well. They might not be the total solution to pouring/mixing messes, but every little bit helps.
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The pour lids mentioned above are great. I just use coffe cans for measuring, they have the little ribs pressed in for markings, are free, and reusable. You can get graduated plastic containers for this at any paint supply or hardware store as well.

My work bench, and the floor, is very pretty. Multicolored from all the paint I've spilled, dribbled, dropped and dripped over the years!
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I never really cared for the snap on plastic lids, I always punched holes in the groove of the can and used some two inch masking tape around the top of the can for pouring. Or else pour off into smaller cans after mixing all of your paint well. You have to watch what plastic you use or dip into the container to avoid contamination, only use mix cups made for paint. Some plastics containers can lead to fisheyes, and dixie cups will actually melt in short time. If you really want a neat pour with no real mess and paint dripping down the can, get a steel lid made for the mixing cans on the mixing bank. You have to pour very accurate in often small amounts with some colors when mixing up a color formula, and these allow precise pour and no real spillage. We keep one on the primer can at work. I think they run around 20 bucks. You could also probably mix the paint with a drill or something, as most have paddles for keeping the tints stirred on the machine. Here is just one company that makes the lids. http://www.dedoes.com/products/lids/lids.html

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I third the plastic snap on lids. I found them at Lowes, in quart and gallon sizes.

However, I hear what kenseth17 about plastics. I haven't had any problems - yet. But all I've used the plastic lids with is primer and epoxy so far.

Maybe a good wipe down with lacquer thinner before use?
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This works for me.

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I save a gallon & quart size paint can lid with 2 holes punched. One 1/2" hole to pour & one small vent hole. Just use tape over the holes during the painting session. For storing leftover paint, I put the original lid back on.
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I usually use replacement lids from one of the home improvement stores or Wally's World. They are about $1.50 and have the plastic screw on caps on the pour spout. They seal up pretty good, but not good enough for long term storage, as far as I am concerned. After you are done with the project, just pour the leftover into a quart can. For my primers, I just leave the lid on the can, as I usually use it up fairly quickly.

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I really like the plastic pour lids also. But when it comes to measuring I like to be a little more precise than used coffee cans. I get a lot of shop supplies from Inate.com


Inate.com Paint supplies for the little guy.

This Nate, has measuring graduated measuring cups in three sizes. And they're cheaper than any other place I have found. He ships really fast and a hell of a nice guy.

Check his web page out.

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dip it

I just dip it out, I use caps from aresol paint cans to dip it out, when done just throw them away. diping it gives you great control of the amount with zero mess
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